Oct. 10, 2004
Bearcat Women's Tennis at ITA Nationals
FT. MYERS , Fla. - Northwest Missouri State's singles and doubles teams completed their first day at the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Small College Championships today, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University in partnership with the Lee County Sports Authority.
In singles action, Northwest's Gena Lindsay was defeated by Yuliya Kuznets of Lewis, 6-0, 6-0. Lindsay will face Daria Segenchuk of East Central tomorrow (Friday) in the consolation bracket.
Lindsay teamed up with Erica Ramirez in doubles play but dropped their first match in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) to Victoria Weltz and Andrea Kostricova from Lynn. Later in the day, the Bearcat teammates lost 1-6, 6-4, 11-9 to Stephanie Eckhart and Katie Opilo of Millersville. Lindsay and Ramirez get their final shot in the tournament in the 7th-place match tomorrow versus Tarleton State's Lauren Barzilla and Alicia Cummings.
Complete results for the men and women can be viewed at www.itatennis.com
The ITA National Small College Championships, presented by the United States Tennis Association, began in 1985 and annually crowns men's and women's singles and doubles national champions in each of the ITA's four small college divisions - NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. Participants were determined through the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships, held the past three weeks, which serve as qualifying tournaments where the singles and doubles champions advance to Fort Myers.
At the ITA National Small College Championships each division (men's and women's singles and doubles) consists of the eight champions from regional tournaments, from which a national (divisional) champion is determined during the first two-and-a-half days of competition. These national champions from each division square off in the ITA "Super Bowl" of Small College Tennis (during the weekend) to determine the overall ITA National Small College Champions, who then earn berths into the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, a Division I event in November.
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